Bear Bash turns 18 next month and so it’s time for the bears to come of age!
The ‘Manbears’ crew are furiously working their fur off (I mean seriously it’s falling out people!) to bring you the 18th Installment of their epic May Bank Holiday Event.
18 years ago (1998) saw the birth of the event that brings bears, cubs and all manner of label variation to the heart of Manchester. From early beginnings, born from the old PAWS group that used to meet in the basement of Napoleons (as part of the BCUK group), Bear Bash was the brain child of Seamus McAteer, Gerard Hall, and Chris Blunt.
Inspired by two American Bear Runs Seamus attended back in 1997, the GBBB took it’s home on the first bank holiday weekend in the Summer of 1998, as not to clash with any other major events in the UK. It was the second bear event to ever take place. The only other being Ilam Hall which organised the Mr Bear UK competitions. Small club nights, a canal boat ride, saunas, and an organised meal went into making that the first of many events. The PAWS group continued to organise Bear Bash (and it’s November counterpart the Pre-hiBEARnation – which is another story entirely!) up until 2003, when Manbears took over. Gerard Gudgion, Paul Atherton, Scott Owens and Chris Blunt continued to build on the success and create a strong hold event, developing themes and fun for all involved – from Back to School, to workwear, to the bear Olympics and all the time raising money for charities like the LGF and GHT.
2015 sees The GBBB go back to more social roots and working closely with the bars and clubs in the village. The Registration packs this year have vouchers from a multitude of bars that have offered time and space for the Bears over the weekend. So what’s on, we hear you cry. This is going to be the best birthday EVER with 21 events pack into 4 fantastic fur and fun filled days.
THURSDAY 30th APRIL
With Early Bird registration at The Eagle where you can pick up your registration packs, meet the team and have a laid back beer before all the madness. I’m sure Nick and his staff will have their nuts on the bar if you fancy a nibble. Then its on to the first event, Beareoke as The Rem Bar hosts the international phenomenon and newest Manbear, Andrew Clarke. After you’ve all all finished making shows of yourselves at The Rem it’s back to the Eagle for some banging house.
FRIDAY 1ST MAY
Registration in The Rem Bar from 2pm-5pm and then from 5pm – 10pm in The Eagle. Then we are all going to sample the delights of Canal Street with Aaron’s Big Bear pub crawl, finishing at The Rem for the Big Scrum-Pre cum. Then it’s the Big Scrum itself, which truly is an amazing club night not to be missed. After that it’s back off the Eagle for the after party where DJ Rick Parker will be mixing the choons until the wee small hours.
SATURDAY 2nd MAY
Open eyes, and drink plenty of coffee because there’s have a busy day planned! Wake-up with a delicious breakfast roll at The Rem Bar (which are free for registration pack holders), while the team set up the bear market. They’ve have brought together the best furry retailers from the North West to sell you those bear essentials. From 12 noon until 5pm its Bear Sauna at The Basement.
If you want to chill in the afternoon the fabulous Sister Jacqui Moff is presenting Porno Bingo in Sackville Lounge. For those who like it wet ‘n’ wild, you could always opt for the Pool Party at Moss Side Leisure Centre. If you like the glamour part of the weekend then the team are giving you some time to make yourselves look beautiful in preparation for the MasqueBEARade ball at Club Backdoor club hosted by the one and only Andrew Clarke. If you are still standing after all that, then have a night cap with the guys over at The Eagle.
SUNDAY 3rd MAY
It’s going to be another busy day so what better way to start it off with a traditional Sunday Carvery at Sackville Lounge. Then off you go to The Eagle for Manbears does Sunday Service all in aid of the George House Trust who are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. Hosted by Andrew Rydal & Danny Beard and with special guest appearance from the mighty Wolf and Andrew Morris along with award winning top London cabaret star Myra Dubois, who may well be in true ‘Thatcheresque’ pre-election mode! The Manbears team are really looking forward to this and they promise us that your Sunday afternoon will never be the same again.
The fun just keeps coming as over at the Rem Bar the team bring you the second instalment of Beareoke with Andrew to get you in the mood for the Club Night at Alter Ego.
After blowing everyone away last year, back by popular demand is DJ DanLisa (AXM/i-Candy) to keep the crowd entertained until the small hours and then it’s back to The Eagle for post club drinks.
MONDAY 4th MAY
May the fourth be with you as it’s time to say goodbye to GBBB18 with a farewell drink at The Rem Bar or maybe a pizza with your favourite Bear Buddy!!
It’s going to be all kinds of exciting, so get your registration packs from www.manbears-manchester.co.uk and join in on what’s set to be the furriest weekend of the year!